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Musk’s Suborbital Flights Likely Lower Carbon, If Not Actually Cheap Or Pleasant

October 7th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

Musk might have something which would make the world even smaller and be more carbon neutral. The price and logistics might kill it, but not the speed and probably not the carbon footprint. Of course, if it took off and more people hopped to the other side of the world than do today, the net result would still be more greenhouse gases. Having traveled across the equator and international dateline several times, the duration, I can assert that the duration of travel is as much an inhibitor as the cost


Superfast Charging For Big Auto Arrives! New 150–350 kW Charging Station From ABB [Hot!]

October 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In an email just sent my way, ABB has announced that it is about to launch its first 150–350 kW high-power charger, the new Terra HP High Power Charge system. You can't touch the Terra HP in an IKEA parking lot yet, but you can check out the breakthrough charging product at EVS30 in Stuttgart, Germany. The dates for that event are October 9–


Progression Of The EV Revolution (2017–2030)

September 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Most of you reading this are in agreement: electric vehicles will upend the conventional vehicle industry within the next 50 10–20 years. The pollution industry in the world of transport will be destroyed. Gasmobiles stinking up cities, garages, lungs, hearts, and minds will be retiring to scrapyards and history books. But the endgame is sort of boring — yes, awesome, but boring since it is the end of it all


Electric Car S-Curve Adoption By Country (Fun Chart!)

September 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Electric car sales are increasing at very different speeds around the world. Some developed countries still only see a handful of electric car sales per month. Others are moving hundreds of cars off of lots and into garages every day


Electric Cars Have Obvious & Not-So-Obvious Impacts

September 17th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

Electric cars and other vehicles continue to gain momentum, just as autonomous features are becoming mainstream. But while potential job losses due to autonomy are a strong focus, the multitude of impacts electrification will have on road transportation aren't as clearly stated


How Much Range Is Enough?

September 16th, 2017 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The recent release of the new Nissan LEAF 2 has put the range discussion front and center again. How much range should an electric car have


Shifting A Giant — Volkswagen’s Progress & Potential Pitfalls From 830,000 Gasmobiles/Month To Electric Heaven

September 13th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

More or less, this story could be about Daimler, BMW, Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, or any other major automaker. In fact, while this article was in the works, a couple of Daimler execs came out and admitted a couple of the core challenges in a rather direct way. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne did the same a year and a half ago in his own dramatic style. But the complexity of the story means that it's not a black and white issue and it also goes far beyond the statements referenced above


USA Fully Electric Car Sales Up 47% In 2017

September 9th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The US electric car market has continued to grow at a rapid pace in the past year — led by California's particularly strong electric car market, of course. From January through August, sales of 8 fully electric cars* grew 82% in the country. Sales of 6 plug-in hybrid cars were up 28%. Overall, that meant sales of these 14 plug-in car were up 40%


504,000 Tesla Model 3 Gasmobile Competitor Sales In USA In 2016, & Why To Buy Them In 2018

August 27th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I compared Tesla Model 3 specs to the specs of its top gasoline-powered competitors a few weeks ago, but I didn't provide comprehensive sales data at that time and several people requested such information. I was curious as well, so I dug it up and turned it into a couple of charts (below). Rather than just set you free with the data here, I thought I'd have a little fun here. Below is my take on why someone would buy each of these gasoline-chugging models in 2017 or


Zoe, Leaf, & i3 Lead The Crowd In Europe (Europe Electric Car Sales)

August 26th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European plug-in car market started its usual holiday season in July, down almost a third compared to the previous month (summertime = lower sales). There were some 19,600 registrations. But that is still up 41% regarding the same month last year, so the growth trend continues. Year to date, the market is up 34% this year, with the EV share now standing at a record 1.6%


Tesla Model 3 vs Electric Competitors (The Straight Specs)

August 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently compared the specs of the Tesla Model 3 to the specs of 22 gas-powered competitors that are more or less "in the Model 3's class." Naturally, readers also requested that we compare the Model 3 with other electric cars in such a detailed way. So here we are!


BYD Song Is China’s Tesla Model Y (China Electric Car Sales Report)

August 14th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

Some 44,700 new electric cars started zooming the Chinese streets last month, which made July the second best month ever for the segment. The electric car market grew 37% compared to the same month last year. The sales also pulled the YTD count to over 227,000 units, up 40% year over year (YoY). Additionally, regarding overall stock, a notable milestone has been reached — over one million plug-in cars are now registered in China (from 2009 until now), making it the first market to reach a 7-digit figure. Chinese electric cars now represent 40% of all plug-car stock in the world (which is up to around 2.6 millions)


Tesla Model 3 vs 22 Competitors (The Straight Specs)

August 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Now that we have several official specs for the Tesla Model 3, I wanted to do a thorough update of how the Model 3 competes against comparably priced offerings from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Toyota, Acura, and Jaguar. Last week, I commented at length about subjective features of the Model 3 that I think will make it a much more attractive offer for drivers and passengers — openness, torque, serenity, and 21st century controls. I honestly think these are the core factors (along with the convenience of home charging) that will lead to the Model 3 dominating its market segment. However, I know many people just want to see the numbers and I am sometimes in search of specific numbers for various comparisons, so this article is primarily aimed at providing several key specs across a few variations of the Model 3, the Tesla Model S, and 22 gas-powered competitors


Tesla Model 3 To Crush BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Acura, Lexus, Jaguar, Toyota … Everyone

July 30th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

BMW, Audi, and Mercedes should be prepped for this, since they've already been walloped in the large luxury sedan class. Nonetheless, what's coming is like nothing they could truly prep for. These automakers have been trading wins with each other in various monthly and annual races, but Usain Bolt just came to town and is soon joining the track days



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